December 7, 1941 … Never Forget

December 7, 1941 — Never Forget

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Seventy – three years past on this day, America’s mettle, and that of her fighting men and women was tested, perhaps as never before.  The day we commemorate as Pearl Harbor Day was confusing and most surprising as Japan sought to begin the destruction of our country.

 

Many events have since transpired which have also tested our resolve, but this action, at its beginning would test us in a severe way.  Just a few veterans remain that saw  “a date which will live in infamy.”  But, a nation remains to remember those that died and to give continuing thanks to those remaining.

Listen closely to FDR’s speech to hear that he does not say “day,”  as many still report;  his reference is to a particular day (December 7, 1941) but he says, “date.”

 

The video and poster available below, each speak to our commitment in the past, and for the future.  Click on the link for the video and stay on the channel for a high resolution version of President Roosevelt’s declaration of war, along with other famous speeches:

 

Roosevelt’s Speech – December 8, 1941

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English: United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt signing the declaration of war against Japan, in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Thoughts In Two Classic Poems II

POSTED AS A PUBLIC SERVICE BY GADABOUT-BLOGALOT

I posted this last Memorial Day (May 31, 2010) and I have decided I will post it each year until I wear down or my computer wears down.  I hope you enjoy the poems and other information and you will remember our fallen, no matter who you are or where you live.

THE FOLLOWING POEMS, IN FLANDERS FIELDS BY LT. COLONEL JOHN McCrae AND TOMMY BY RUDYARD KIPLING SAY MORE ABOUT THE TRUE FEELING OF SERVICEMEN, AND NOW WOMEN, THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD THAN ANY OTHER POEMS ON THE SUBJECT OF WAR AND SERVICE.  AND, EACH POEM DOES SO IN PLAIN, NON-STILTED LANGUAGE.  AS MEMORIAL DAY PASSES , I POST THE POEMS IN THE HOPE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN WILL NO LONGER DIE, OR BECOME DISABLED IN  WAR … UNDECLARED OR OTHERWISE.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Detailed information concerning the circumstances of the penning of In Flanders Fields can be found here

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Today Is Veterans Day In The USA

This article was first published on this blog on November 12, 2010
TODAY, NOVEMBER 12 2010, WILL BE CELEBRATED AS VETERANS DAY IN THE UNITED STATES. THE INFORMATION POSTED BELOW TELLS A TALE FROM A FAR DISTANT LAND.  A TALE ABOUT ONE PEOPLE’S LOVE AND DEDICATION TO PEOPLE WHO FOUND THEMSELVES IN A FOREIGN TOWN,  SAVING OR LIBERATING ITS PEOPLE.
THIS POSTING OF THE INFORMATION BELOW WILL HONOR OUR VETERANS, JUST AS THAT SMALL TOWN HAS HONORED THEM FOR AN UNBELIEVABLE NUMBER OF YEARS.  I HAVE NO IDEA WHO TO ATTRIBUTE ALL OF THE INFORMATIONAL TEXT AND THE BEAUTIFUL IMAGES FOUND BELOW.  FOR THAT I AM SORRY, BUT IF SOMEONE WILL LET ME KNOW WHO TO ACKNOWLEDGE FOR THIS GREAT INFORMATION, I WILL BE PLEASED TO ATTRIBUTE THEIR WORK.
Some of you will not be able to see the images below.  I apologize, but here is the link for the town web site, you’ll like it:
YOU’ BE ABLE TO ACCESS THE FESTIVITIES

Have you ever wondered if anyone in Europe remembers America’s sacrifice in World War II?  There is an answer in a small town in the Czech Republic, in the town called Pilsen (Plzen ).

Every 5 years, Pilsen conducts the Liberation Celebration of  the City of Pilsen in the Czech Republic .

May 6th, 2010, marked the 65th

anniversary of the liberation of Pilsen by General George Patton’s 3rd Army.Pilsen
is the town that every American should visit.  Why?  Because they love America and the American Soldier…

Even 65 years later… by the thousands,

The citizens of Pilsen came to say thank you.

Lining  the streets of Pilsen for miles

From the large crowds,

to quiet reflective moments,

including this American family’s private time to honor and remember their American hero.


This is the crash site of Lt. Virgil P. Kirkham, the last recorded American USAAF pilot killed in
Europe during WWII. It was Lt. Kirkham’s 82nd mission and one that he volunteered to go on. At the time, this 20-year-old pilot’s P-47 Thunderbolt plane was shot down, a young 14-year-old Czech girl, Zdenka Sladkova, was so moved by his sacrifice she made a vow to care for him and his memory. For 65 straight years, Zdenka, now 79-years-old, took on the responsibility to care for Virgil’s crash site and memorial near her home.

On May 4th, she was recognized by the Mayor of Zdenka’s home town of Trhanova ,Czech Republic, for her sacrifice and extraordinary effort to honor this American hero.

Another chapter in this important story… the Czech people are teaching their children about America’s sacrifice for their freedom.

American Soldiers, young and old, are the ”Rock Stars” these children and their parents want autographs from.

Yes, Rock Stars! As they patiently waited for his autograph, the respect this little Czech boy and his father have for our troops serving today was heartwarming and inspirational.

The Brian LaViolette Foundation established The Scholarship of Honor in tribute to General George S. Patton and the American Soldier, past and present.

Each year, a different military hero will be honored in tribute to General Patton’s memory and their mission to liberate Europe.  This award will be presented to

a graduating senior who will be

entering the military or a form of community service such as fireman, policeman, teaching or nursing – – – a cause greater than self. The student will be from 1 of the 5 high schools in Pilsen, Czech Republic .

The first award will be presented in May 2011 in honor of Lt. Virgil Kirkham, that young 20-year-old P-47 pilot killed 65 years ago in the final days of WWII.

Presenting Virgil’s award will be someone who knows the true meaning of service and sacrifice… someone who looks a
lot like Virgil
. Marion Kirkham, Virgil’s brother, who himself served during WWII in the United States Army Air Corps!!!

In closing… Here is what the city of Pilsen thinks of General Patton’s grandson. George Patton Waters (another Rock Star!) we’re proud to say, serves on Brian’s Foundation board.

And it’s front page news over there. not buried in the middle of

the social section.

Brigadier General Miroslav Zizka – 1st Deputy Chief of Staff, Ministry of Defense, Czech Armed Forces.

Notice the flags? Share this email with your family and friends.

Every American should hear this story.

235 Years Of Dedication — United States Marine Corps

By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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The United States Marine Corps celebrates 235 years of dedicated service tomorrow, November 10, 2010.  To the thousands who served during peace time, to the thousands who served in war time and returned, and to the thousands who served, never to return, except as honored fallen — we thank you from the bottom of our hearts  and souls.  We will honor you always and bow our head in prayer for you and yours tomorrow for our personal respect for you and the organization in which you serve or have served.

As the saying goes, “Once a Marine … Always a Marine.”  God Bless all Marines and their families.

For much more information on the Marine Corps and its history, click here and chase the links below.

We provide the posters found here as both a matter of curiosity and pride:

Important Military/Veteran Benefits Set To Expire On 10/21/10

POSTED AS A SERVICE TO OUR SERVICE MEMBERS, VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES BY GADABOUT-BLOGALOT

We received an email from United States Senator Tom Udall involving a military benefit that is on the verge of expiring  (no doubt others received the same email.)  Senator Udall asked for help in publicizing this benefit and we are pleased to do so.  We thank Senator Udall for pointing to the danger of some military members and veterans missing out on this benefit.

The information from Senator Udall’s office and blog is found below.  We ask that readers do what they can to get the word out on this important information.  Please feel free to blog  the information, Tweet the information or place it on Facebook.

Get Out the Word on Service Member Benefits

Dear Chuck,

I need your help to get out the word about important benefits for our veterans and service members.

In 2009, Congress made compensation available to service members of every military branch whose enlistment was involuntarily extended or retirement involuntarily suspended to support our ongoing war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Stop Loss” is a policy our military uses to quickly retain and generate forces in a time of need.

Members of our military whose service was involuntarily extended between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are entitled to this special, retroactive “Stop Loss” compensation. However, the deadline to claim this benefit is Oct. 21, so they must act quickly to apply.

‘Stop Loss’ Pay Deadline is Oct. 21

If you served in the military between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 and your service was involuntarily extended, or your retirement was suspended due to “Stop Loss,” you are eligible for special compensation.

This is not a gimmick or a scam. It’s a real opportunity for our troops who have sacrificed so much. You can find out more about the program on the Defense Department’s website here.

Under the 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act, compensation is available to service members of every military branch who had their enlistment extended or retirement suspended due to “Stop Loss,” a policy utilized during major conflicts to quickly retain and generate forces to surge. Eligible Service members will receive $500 for every month they were on active duty after their discharge date.

58,000 claims have already been paid out, with the average benefit being $3,800, and the Department of Defense estimates that more than 145,000 personnel are eligible.

I encourage the servicemen and women whose service was extended by ‘Stop Loss’ to apply for retroactive pay benefits now. Our Active Duty, Reserve and Guard troops have shown great dedication by continuing to defend America during its time of need and they have earned this compensation.

If you think you might be eligible, you should contact your branch of the armed services here:

Army

Marine Corps

Navy

Air Force

And if you’re having trouble with an application, contact my office and a member of my staff will do their best to help.

Cheers!

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United Sates Senator

A Little “Faith” Is All We Need — Sometimes

Readers who have been around awhile will recall that I wrote about  “Faith” in the past.  A new story has surfaced and I’m just going to point you to the story and the accompanying videos.  I’m a sucker for this type of story.  Click on Faith

Nothing New Under The Chun

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That would be Pak Ui Chun, North Korea’s Foreign Minister, who has fulfilled his role as the great imitator of his “Great Leader”  Kim Jong-Il.  He has done so, one would assume, at the behest of that same “Great Leader,”  who waits for the reaction of the United States and South Korea.

That would be reaction to Pak Ui Chun’s threat to use a nuclear deterrent to any war games played by the United States and South Korea.  The report coming from Bloomberg.com is authored by Bomi Lim and Bill Varner.  It starts with:

North Korea said it would counter U.S. and South Korean joint naval exercises with “nuclear deterrence” after the Obama administration said the government in Pyongyang shouldn’t take any provocative steps.

North Korea will “legitimately counter with their powerful nuclear deterrence the largest-ever nuclear war exercises to be staged by the U.S. and the South Korean puppet forces,” the National Defense Commission said, according to the Korean Central News Agency.

We must, of course, realize that North Korea seldom plays nice and they are one of the world’s most prolific nuclear weapon enablers.  They seem not able to keep their word after they promised to scale back their nuclear activities and nuclear weapons help to other nations.  It is hard to tell if they are simply insane or just crazy about spreading nuclear chaos due to a deranged national character.

Whatever North Korea’s intent may be, assuming the United States and South Korea will not back down, the rhetoric for now continues  from both sides:

The U.S. said this week it will intensify sanctions against North Korea and conduct military exercises with South Korea in waters surrounding the peninsula. The USS George Washington, a nuclear-powered carrier, and three destroyers called into South Korean ports this week in a show of force.

“North Korea may very well go ahead with missile launches or even a third nuclear test to show it won’t bend to U.S. pressure,” said Yang Moo Jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul. “North Korea must have sensed that the U.S. and South Korea are after its regime’s collapse.”

Ri said the George Washington’s presence threatened security on the peninsula, which has been divided for more than half a century. Pak maintained the need for a peace treaty to replace a cease-fire, signed in 1953, to guarantee the peninsula’s security, Ri said.

“It’s no longer the 19th century with gunboat diplomacy,” Ri said. “It is a new century and the Asian countries are in need of peace and development.”

This latest period of difficulty between the parties began when a small South Korean naval vessel was sunk by a torpedo.  Investigations have concluded that the torpedo was fired from a North Korean mini-submarine.  The South Korean vessel was destroyed and 46 South Korean sailors were killed in the March 26th incident.

The exercises are to last until July 28th, so we should know soon enough if the  joint exercises will take place, and if so, if North Korea will carry out its threat.  The complete initial story can be read here.

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Thoughts In Two Classic Poems

POSTED AS A COMMUNITY  SERVICE BY GADABOUT-BLOGALOT

THE FOLLOWING POEMS, IN FLANDERS FIELD BY LT. COLONEL JOHN McCrae AND TOMMY BY RUDYARD KIPLING SAY MORE ABOUT THE TRUE FEELING OF SERVICEMEN, AND NOW WOMEN, THROUGHOUT OUR WORLD THAN ANY OTHER POEMS ON THE SUBJECT OF WAR AND SERVICE.  AND, EACH POEM DOES SO IN PLAIN, UNSTILTED LANGUAGE.  AS MEMORIAL DAY PASSES , I POST THE POEMS IN THE HOPE THAT OUR MEN AND WOMEN WILL NO LONGER DIE, OR BECOME DISABLED IN  WAR … UNDECLARED OR OTHERWISE.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Detailed information concerning the circumstances of the penning of In Flanders Fields can be found here

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POTUS: No Nukes?

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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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This is mind-boggling and probably insures that we have lost any advantage we might have had under the so-called-real-life nuclear option as opposed to the one our Congress has played with in recent political manipulations.  I don’t intend to try a understanding of the POTUS thinking on this issue, but essentially, it looks as though we have no nuclear option except to say, “Nuclear option?”  “We no have longer have one.”

I believe there are surprises in the President’s planned nuclear policy that even those that despise all things nuclear, whether power or weapons, would argue with.  Here’s a quote from a New York Times (NYT) piece providing some information on the POTUS thoughts:

It eliminates much of the ambiguity that has deliberately existed in American nuclear policy since the opening days of the cold war. For the first time, the United States is explicitly committing not to use nuclear weapons against nonnuclear states that are in compliance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, even if they attacked the United States with biological or chemical weapons or launched a crippling cyberattack.

Read the above paragraph very slowly and then try to reason out how reasonable such policies could possibly be.

Anyway, you can read the entire NYT article for yourself … right here. Then, I hope you’ll come back and comment whether you agree with my thoughts or your President’s proposed policy.

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    Five Muslim Soldiers Arrested On U.S. Base

    US Army Training Center & Fort Jackson
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    By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)

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    Yes, you read it  right and by all accounts, the soldiers are members of the United States Army.  It is reported that the soldiers plotted to poison the food supply at Ft. Jackson in December.  The soldiers may be connected to the five individuals arrested in Pakistan in December according to this quote from a CBN New report:

    A source with intimate knowledge of the investigation, which is ongoing, told CBN News investigators suspect the “Fort Jackson Five” may have been in contact with the group of five Washington, DC area Muslims that traveled to Pakistan to wage jihad against U.S. troops in December. That group was arrested by Pakistani authorities, also just before Christmas.

    You can read what little there is in its entirety by clicking right here or you can follow any of the related links found below.

    And, while we are on the subject of terrorists on our shores and in our very own armed forces, it is damning to our United States Attorney General that he wishes to try the captured terrorists from Guantanamo in civilian court.

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